Monday, June 10, 2013

What's the big deal about summer reading?

The library will be hopping on Saturday, June 22 as we kick-off our summer reading programs for children, teens and adults. We’ll have various activities and contests throughout the day.  You can decorate a planter, make a yummy dirt cup, create a pet rock, try ice archaeology, and more. Don’t miss Mime Robert Rivest at 2:00 pm in the Ehlers Room.  Our sidewalk chalk contest is back with prizes for the best chalk drawing in several age categories. Grab your slab of sidewalk and decorate from 10:00 – 2:00; judging starts at 2:00 and prizes are awarded at 3:00. Don’t forget to bring your own chalk!

Why do we make such an effort to get children and families to the library? It’s because of the “summer slide”.  Studies have shown that children who do not read during the summer will lose more than two months of reading achievement, and the effect is cumulative. Kids who lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates by the end of the 6th grade.  By joining the Summer Reading Club, kids can prevent this from happening. We have programs for adults and teens too, with lots of prizes!  Why a program for adults?  Why should the kids have all the fun?  By joining our adult reading program parents can join the fun and make reading a family affair. Reading is one of life’s greatest pleasures!

This year’s children’s theme is Dig Into Reading.  Children love to dig into things – dirt boxes, mysteries, or solving a problem.  They want to find the answer, to satisfy their curiosity. This summer’s reading list will “dig” into science, nature, history, detective stories and more.  Our children’s programming will encourage kids to discover and create through fun science activities, arts & crafts, and exciting performances. Teens can read “Beneath the Surface”, about what can’t be seen or known at first glance, but is always there waiting to emerge. “Groundbreaking Reads” will encourage adults to expand their understanding of the world and enjoy programs that will give you a new perspective on history, science, and health. Register starting on June 22 and receive a summer reading starter kit complete with reading log, bookmark, brochures and other goodies. This year all three programs are also online! You can log your reading from your computer, tablet, or smart phone and receive notification when you are eligible for a prize.

The library and the Monroe Public Schools are working together to coordinate their summer reading program with the Governor's Reading Challenge.  The library will be forwarding information from all of the online reading logs to the schools at the end of the summer, so be sure to note which books you have finished reading when you log your minutes. Hope to see you at the library this summer and enjoy your reading!

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